Ace ahead Sunil Chhetri has turn out to be the world’s second most prolific purpose scorer amongst the lively gamers — his tally of 74 is second solely to Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo’s 103 — however the India captain shouldn’t be counting them as but. Within the all-time purpose scorers’ listing, Chhetri is three objectives in need of Pele’s 77 objectives.
“I don’t rely the variety of objectives. 10 years later, we’ll sit collectively, have a chat after which rely. All of that is previous. We play Afghanistan, and we have now to be at our greatest. It will likely be a brand new day, a brand new canvas. And it’s as much as us to color it the style we wish to,” Chhetri mentioned after scoring each objectives in India’s 2-Zero win over Bangladesh within the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifier match right here on Monday night.
The brace took Chhetri previous Argentine celebrity Lionel Messi who has 72 objectives and the United Arab Emirates’ Ali Mabkhout who has 73 objectives. Chhetri’s 79th and 90th-minute strikes gave India their first win in Group E and stored them in rivalry to enter the third spherical of the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.
Even FIFA, the sport’s world governing physique, acknowledged Chhetri’s feat.
“He is now bought greater than Messi! Sunil Chhetri’s double earns the Blue Tigers a 2-Zero win in #WCQ and strikes him on to 74 worldwide objectives — above Lionel Messi and one off getting into world soccer’s all-time high 10,” FIFA tweeted on Monday.
Chhetri is the one Indian participant to have scored his worldwide objectives in three many years. He scored his first purpose towards Cambodia on August 17, 2007, in a Nehru Cup match on the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. In that match, too, Chhteri had scored a brace in India’s 6-Zero win.
“You realize what. All of that is previous. We play Afghanistan [on June 15] and we have now to be at our greatest. It will likely be a brand new day, a brand new canvas. And it’s as much as us to color it the style we wish to,” mentioned Chhetri after the win over Bangladesh.
Chhetri’s India teammate Sandesh Jhingan has solely reward for his captain.
“Some 100 or 200 years down the road, individuals will nonetheless discuss Sunil Chhetri. So long as there’s Indian Soccer, individuals will bear in mind his identify. It is for everybody to see what he does on the sphere. Therefore, I’d moderately like to say that off the sphere he’s the proper instance for all to observe,” he mentioned.
One other teammate, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, mentioned: “I’ll carry on mentioning that there is one man floating in between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi — and that is my teammate, my captain Sunil Chhetri. It reveals his dedication and the way constant he has been scoring objectives, one after the opposite. It is merely outstanding.”